UK’s best-selling artist of 2019 was Lewis Capaldi

UK’s best-selling artist of 2019 was Lewis Capaldi

The Scottish star, Lewis Capaldi, was the UK’s best-selling artist of 2019.

He had both the top album and single of the year, with his ballad Someone You Loved racking up 228 million streams.

Liam Gallagher’s Why Me? Why Not was the most popular LP, selling 29,000 copies.

The year’s biggest hit singles included Lil Nas X’s country-rap crossover Old Town Road and Ava Max’s pop smash Sweet But Psycho.

As BBC reports, the explosion in popularity of on-demand music has turned the fortunes of the industry around, with album sales up 13% since 2010.

Sales of CDs continued to nosedive, with 26.5 million sold over the last 12 months – a drop of 26.8%.

By contrast, vinyl sales rose by 4.1%, with the format now accounting for one in every eight albums bought in the UK.